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Kitsch

The Post Contemporary Paradigm

Brandon Kralik | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

The word Contemporary, as it is applied to Art is a confusing one. Contemporary Art is defined as Art which owes its foundation to post-modernism, and whose concepts focus primarily on transient issues of the present moment as opposed to simply art being created within our lifetime.

Nerdrumklanen

Brandon Kralik | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

Nerdrumklanen, a new exhibition of paintings and prints from the members of the Nerdrum School is opening this weekend at Raugland Atelier in Norway.

Daniel Sprick's Fantastic Fictions

Brandon Kralik | Posted 07.05.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

The paintings of Daniel Sprick are nurturing, they are fulfilling. They provide us with something that we are not getting enough of. He provides us with a longing gaze at ourselves.

The Authentic Perspective

Brandon Kralik | Posted 06.09.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

No matter what you call it, we are talking about the emergence of an authentic perspective in our culture that demands our attention. It comes about out of a need that our society has and that need is being filled.

Kitsch, Cons and Cameras: Rescuing Paris' Panthéon

Frank Browning | Posted 05.03.2014 | Arts
Frank Browning

Now JR's gargantuan black and white snapshots, not unlike those in your high school yearbook, will "prove" that any French person can participate in the Republican restoration of France's temple of great (wo)men.

Novorealism Aims High at TRAC 2014

Brandon Kralik | Posted 04.29.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

I come from the Nerdrum School myself, and find many similarities with this group that is organized in California and see them as one of many pockets of painters who are striving for the same lofty goal: to paint like the Odd Masters, or better!

TRAC2014, an Interview With Michael Pearce About the Representational Art Conference

Brandon Kralik | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

The Traditional Representational Art Conference, TRAC2014, is set to be a landmark event. Philosopher Roger Scruton, famous for his BBC series Why Be...

Tiny Bubbles Make Big Memories

EllynAnne Geisel | Posted 03.10.2014 | Denver
EllynAnne Geisel

A year later, I said goodbye to my friends in management. As a parting gift, I received a letter of recommendation. In Denver, I used that reference to land a job and by New Year's Eve, had met Mr. Right.

Road Trip on Route 66, Americana

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

The original and legendary blue and red U.S. Route 66 signs have now faded to pink and dust, but let's not be blue about it, for the lavender Laundromats and rusting green tractors can still be spotted along the way.

The Nerdrum School, the Master and His Students

Brandon Kralik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

Nerdrum has been taking students since before many of us were born and this book is designed to highlight some of the best paintings produced from this emerging tribe of contemporary, classically oriented, figurative painters.

The Dawn of the Kitsch Movement

Brandon Kralik | Posted 11.30.2013 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

Kitsch is not something you have to decide anything about. The work has been done for you. It is here for you to look at, to learn from and to enjoy.

Nerdrum & Colleagues

Brandon Kralik | Posted 09.08.2013 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

"Odd Nerdrum & Colleagues" a very special exhibition which brings together several painters from around the world who have spent considerable time working with the master in his studio and who have gone on to start their own studios, with students of their own.

The 15 Weirdest Artworks Available On Ebay (NSFW)

Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts

For the privileged few, Christie's, Sotheby's and Phillips offer some of the finest works of art from masterful artists past and present. For the rest...

Is Kitsch Art Really So Bad?

guardian.co.uk | Posted 01.29.2013 | Arts
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What is the fascination of kitsch? As two masterpieces of kitsch painting -- Vladimir Tretchikoff's blue-faced Chinese Girl and Salvador Dali's equall...

The Coolest Show You've Never Seen: At Home with Allan & Suzi

VFILES | Posted 12.11.2012 | Style
VFILES

It's a special moment in the course of history when something once lost or forgotten is rediscovered. Like the Titanic, King Tut's Tomb... or dusty tapes of a twisted QVC-style public access show from early '90s New York City.

Best Reader Reactions To Thomas Kinkade

Posted 05.11.2012 | Arts

Thomas Kinkade was quite possibly the most collected living artist and one of the most criticized, both for his sentimental artworks and for questiona...

Kinkade Sales Surge

AP | Posted 06.11.2012 | Arts

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — In Thomas Kinkade's hometown, at the gallery where his art career first took off, an original painting by the self-describ...

Fuzzy Bunnies, Doe-Eyed Dolls And Raw Meat

Posted 02.28.2012 | Arts

If you have a sweet tooth, beware of Mark Ryden. He goes beyond kitsch and nosedives into the realm of the genuinely cute, with his doe-eyed cherubs a...

ETSY DEATHMATCH: Carnivores v. Vegetarians (PHOTOS)

Posted 02.02.2012 | Arts

Living in the modern world, we are often faced with lifestyle choices that define who we are and who we will become. For years these differences have ...

Context Is Content: How to Live With Contemporary Art

Bill Powers | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Bill Powers

We invest inanimate objects with power every day: wedding rings, dollar bills, etc... Art isn't just a reflection of status, it speaks to our self-expression and to what we value personally.

PHOTOS: From Kitsch To Oliver Twist: Haiku Reviews

Posted 09.06.2011 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditio...

A Brief History of the Plastic Pink Flamingo

Mental Floss | David Moye | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

The pink flamingo lawn ornament was invented in the same decade that polyester pants, pink washing machines, vinyl wallpaper and Naugahyde lounge chai...

Camp & Political Correctness: The Controversial Art Of Jack Smith

G. Roger Denson | Posted 08.19.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

If there's an artist who most reminds us there are multiple art worlds -- each with its own pantheon of artists, fans, aesthetic and ideological concerns and targeted markets -- it's got to be Jack Smith.

The 9 Funniest 'Crap Souvenirs' of the Month! (PICTURES)

Doug Lansky | Posted 07.24.2011 | Comedy
Doug Lansky

It's nice to see I'm not the only one who has some utterly kitsch crap sitting around the house. Thank you for dusting off your souvenirs, photograph...

EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHT: John Margolies Highlights American Kitsch

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: John Margolies WHAT: 'Roadside America' WHERE: Traffic Art Space 136 East 74th Street New York, NY 10021 WHEN: July 23rd - September 2nd, 2010...